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Author Amy MaganAmy Magan has called Indiana home since arriving on the campus of Butler University in 1988. Now the mother of a tween and two teens, she can't think of a better place to raise her family than Central Indiana. Amy writes for several websites including her own blog, The 4th Frog.


Indianapolis Ranked #2 in the U.S. for Culture

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#Indianapolis #Indiana — Recently, BusinessInsider.com ranked the top 20 cities in the U.S. with the most activities dedicated to culture and recreation, including museums, libraries, theaters parks, and stadiums. Indianapolis came in #2 in the country.  The website cited the fact that Indy has one cultural attraction for every 705 people, a total of 1,184 […]

TV’s “Cosmos” Host to Visit UIndy in October

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#Indianapolis — It’s hard to get famous as an astrophysicist, but Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of Fox Television’s “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,” has done so thanks to his likable approach to explaining the complexities of the universe in everyday language. Tyson will be at the University of Indianapolis Ransburg Auditorium on October 22 to share […]

Who’s Napping Now?

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Indianapolis used to be called “Nap Town” for it’s sleepy demeanor. As recently as 25 years ago, downtown Indianapolis was shuttered up and locked down after the business crowd left at 5:00pm and weekends could be described as “ghost town.” Oh, how times have changed! No one can accuse Indianapolis of napping any more. Just […]

Take Your Taste Buds to Santorini Greek Kitchen

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On my first day of work almost nine years ago, my new co-workers took me to lunch at Santorini Greek Kitchen in Fountain Square. It was love at first bite. Today, we took a new co-worker for her inaugural lunch at Santorini and I’m happy to say my heart still beats for the home-cooked food […]

A Mammogram and a Show at Indy Fringe Festival

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The Indy Fringe Theatre Festival is known for its edgy theatrical offerings, live stage shows that push the limits of human emotion and experience. This year, one of those shows is taking that emotion and turning it into something practical. The Actual Dance, a play written by Sam Simon, is the true story of Sam’s […]

Fletcher Place Block Party Hosted by Angie’s List

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From its earliest days as “Columbus Neighbors” and “Unified Neighbors,” the Indianapolis company Angie’s List has believed in the power of people who live near each other to help one another by providing feedback on local service providers. On Thursday, July 10, Angie’s List will be hosting a free Block Party in the historic downtown […]

Chilly Water Brewing Company Is New Hot Spot in Fountain Square

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There is a new player in the Indianapolis craft brewing scene. Chilly Water Brewing Company recently opened in the Hinge Building in Fountain Square, 719 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis. Owned by Skip Duvall, former head brewer at the Fountain Square Brewery, Chilly Water brews its fare on-site. The start-up’s current selection includes 5-String E.S.B (Extra Special […]

Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit at Children’s Museum is Must-See History

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With the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis practically in my backyard, sometimes I forget how lucky we are to have a world-class museum in our community. Then an exhibit like China’s Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army takes up temporary residence at the museum and I remember. This is the kind of exhibit that gives […]

Run, Walk, Roll a 5K & Feel Good About Doing It

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The Joseph Maley Foundation’s (JMF) mission is simple: “Serve children of all abilities.” Funds raised from the foundation’s 6th Annual 5K Run, Walk and Roll on July 12, 2014 will go towards helping JMF fulfill it’s mission through a variety of efforts. The Run, Walk and Roll is open to people of all fitness levels […]

Top Places to See July 4th Fireworks 2014 in the Indy Area

Are you scoping out where to catch the “rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air” for this year’s 4th of July celebration? Fun City Finder has done the leg work for you and identified many places around central Indiana where you can ooh and ahh at the night sky. Indianapolis: Regions Bank Freedom Blast […]

Cubs Fans: At Least There is Fat Dan’s Deli

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Chicago Cubs fans know that pang of disappointment that comes from dashed hopes of glorious victory.  These loyal swarms are all too familiar with the agony of defeat (the Cubs are currently sub-500 for the seaon). But Indy-area Cubs fans, take heart and point yourself toward Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli in South Broad Ripple. On […]

Sculpture Walk is Free Lesson in Art Appreciation

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If you’re looking for something different — and free — to do this summer, check out the Sculpture Walk at the University of Indianapolis. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, the walk includes 23 sculptures from various artists around the country. The majority of the sculptures are located outdoors on the southside campus. The Sculpture Walk […]

Lincoln Square Pancake House Is a Tasty Downtown Spot

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I’m a big proponent for downtown living, but I know that happy and successful urban living requires the presence and support of local business. So when Lincoln Square Pancake House decided to set up shop in a former car dealership at 2330 N. Meridian Street, I was happy. After months of driving by the breakfast […]

Pacers Trivia for All the Bandwagon Jumpers

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Well, the Indiana Pacers are still in the playoff race, though I’d hoped that by this point they would be on to round 3. Nevertheless, if you are new to the ranks of the Pacers faithful, here is some handy trivia to help you give the impression that you’ve been “Blue Collar, Gold Swagger” all […]

Jockamo Is Pizza Worth the Drive

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Like many families, we eat a lot of pizza in our house. It’s fast, fairly cheap and easily adapted to everyone’s tastes. Usually, we order from pizza places near home. But there is one pizza joint that I think is worth driving to: Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza in Indy’s east-side Irvington neighborhood. As a family, […]

Larger Than Life Lemurs at the Indiana State Museum IMAX

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My first encounter with a lemur was the animated, bouncing character on the PBS television show “Zaboomafoo.” Then the kids and I found real-life versions of ring-tailed lemurs at the Indianapolis Zoo. Now you can see lemurs larger than life on the Indiana State Museum IMAX screen in the film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D. […]

Drink Local for Indie Coffee Shop Day

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The third Friday of April is Indie Coffee Shop Day. Of course here in the state capitol, it’s Indy Indie Coffee Shop Day. To mark the occasion, I’m offering my list of favorite indie coffee shops. I should mention that I don’t drink coffee, so these places are faves for other reasons. Foundry Provisions (Near […]

A Diller, a Dollar, a Visit to The Thirsty Scholar

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When The Thirsty Scholar first opened at the corner of 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, I assumed it was a bar. I was only partly correct. It’s actually a coffee, beer and wine bar. Tuesday through Friday, The Thirsty Scholar opens at 8:00 a.m. It’s a little too late for the typical rush hour crowd, […]

Living in the Crossroads Makes Roadtrips Doable

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Indianapolis has long been called the “Crossroads of America.” While that may mean that we are living in a “flyover state” as far as people from the east and west coasts are concerned, it also means that we are lucky enough to be living within in reasonable driving distance of some great destinations. Check out […]

Long’s Bakery Donut Buying Rules

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Long’s Bakery and its oh-so-right-but-oh-so-wrong-for-you array of donuts is one of those things that is ingrained as a sense memory for me. I can, on command, recall the sweet smell, the soft and sugary texture, even the taste of a Long’s donut. The fact that I came to know Long’s through Sunday morning donuts at church […]